Patrick Peterson plays football with some of the strongest men on Earth, but their exploits pale in comparison to the heavy lifting done by his wife during the COVID-19 crisis.
Antonique Peterson is in the midst of her doctoral residency at a local hospital, and during each ICU shift, she is among those on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic.
After work, she returns home to help care for her and Patrick's young children, Paityn and Parker.
"For her to be able to manage all of that," Patrick said, "it's just remarkable."
Peterson admits it's a "very, very stressful time" for his family. Antonique takes serious precautions when she returns home from work.
"She doesn't even walk in the house with those clothes on," Peterson said. "We have her go in the back and take a shower and get cleaned up in the back, in the casita. She has her own mini-locker room right now at the house."
Peterson said Antonique has explained to Paityn, their four-year-old daughter, the seriousness of the situation. The Petersons follow social distancing guidelines, wipe down surfaces and wash their hands often.
"It can affect not only your life, but the people around you as well," Peterson said. "You have to be smart, and hopefully this deal will roll over and we can go back to a normal lifestyle."
Peterson recently wrote an Instagram post highlighting the sacrifices made by doctors across the world during the pandemic. Speaking specifically about Antonique, he wrote: 'Heroes don't always wear capes. Mine wears a white coat.'
"It's definitely been emotionally draining," Peterson said. "I tell my wife all the time: She's one of the strongest women I've ever seen."